Chinese People Coping With Hot Summer Temperatures

Chinese men diving in Wuhan Hankou.

Chinese men diving in Wuhan Hankou.

From NetEase:

Many places in the country experience high summer heat, with temperatures both north and south nearing 40 degrees

July 5, recently many areas in China have had 35~37℃ high daytime temperatures, with some areas even having 38~40℃ hot weather. The weather bureau estimates that most of Southern China will continue to experience high temperatures and light rain for the upcoming week, with daytime temperatures reaching nearly 40℃, and residents everywhere using various methods to escape the summer heat.

Swimmers in Hainan, China during sunset.

Hainan residents enjoy a swim in Wanquanhe

2010 July 4, Hainan, many Qionghai city residents swim and enjoy the shade on the Wanquanhe banks at sunset. Chen Xuelun/Dongfang IC

Photographer sits under sunshade in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China.

Photographer waits for customers underneath an umbrella

2010 July 5, Beijing, a tourist photographer waits for customers underneath an umbrella. During the hot day, the number of tourists at Tiananmen Square had clearly decreased. Zuo Ensen/CFP

Chinese man dives into river in Guangxi.

Guangxi crowds jump into the river to swim

July 5, Guangxi province Liuzhou, a man jumps into a river to swim. That day, most of Guangxi had temperatures exceeding 35 degrees, with the Guangxi meteorological observatory issuing yellow and orange high temperature warnings. Yan Huang/CFP

Crowds at the river front in Hubei.

Hubei city residents cool off on the river shores

2010 July 2 evening, a large amount of city residents flock towards Hubei Xiangfan Yuliang river shores, enjoying the refreshing river winds and waters. An Fubin/CFP

A crowded pool in Guangdong, China.

Crowded pool in Zhuhai

2010 July 3, Guandong Zhuhai, the Water City wave pool is filled with people seeking to escape the summer heat. Due to subtropical high pressure, Guangdong continuously has scorching hot temperatures. Currently, there have been 88 cities and counties in the entire province to have issued high heat alerts, amongst them Jiexi and Chaozhou have issued orange high heat alerts. Zhong Fan/CFP

Crowds watching the 2010 World Cup in Chongqing.

Chongqing football fans watch the game in the cool

2010 July 3 night, Chongqing, football fans gather outdoors to enjoy the cool and watch the World Cup match. Zhang Chunhua/CFP

A small family hides in a Fujian tunnel to escape the summer heat.

A Fujian family hides in a tunnel to avoid heat stroke

2010 July 4, Fujian Quanzhou, the temperature difference between the tunnel and outside is nearly ten degrees, and this three-person family intentionally came here to escape the high temperatures. Fujian province meteorological bureau on July 3 continued issuing orange high temperature alerts, with the highest temperatures in Fujian reaching 36 degrees and above, and some exceeding 39 degrees. Xie Mingfei/CFP

Crowded beach in Qingdao.

Packed Qingdao outdoor swimming pool

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2010 July 4, affected by high temperatures, Qingdao Number 1 sea water swimming pool received its first summer rush of people. Ma Xiaofeng/CFP

Chinese men diving in Wuhan Hankou.

Hankou residents dive to escape the heat

2010 July 1, as Wuhan temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius, Hankou Longwangmiao residents went diving to escape the heat. Zhang Cai/CFP

A naked Chinese boy jumps into a pool.

Foshan youth jumps in the water to escape the summer heat

2010 July 1 afternoon, Guangdong Foshan City Wenhua Park, a youth unable to endure the heat any long runs and jumps into a pool. Cui Jingyin/CFP

A little girl plays in a fountain in Liaoning Shenyang.

Taiwanese child playing in the water

2010 July 4, heatwave, Taipei reached 38.6℃, setting the highest temperature so far this summer. The image shows a child playing in a pool cooling off. Patrick Lin/Dongfang IC

A Taiwanese boy plays at a water playground in downtown Taipei on July 4, 2010 amid a wave of simmering summer heat. Taipei hit 37 degrees Celsius after the temperature recorded a high of 38.6 degrees Celsius the previous day.AFP PHOTO/PATRICK LIN

Shenyang child playing in the water beside a fountain

2010 July 4, Liaoning province Shenyang, heat afflicted Shenyang children play in the water near a fountain. That day, Shenyang’s highest temperature reached 32℃. Hong Yi/CFP

A little boy in Guangzhou plays in the fountain.

Gangzhou children playing in water beside fountain

2010 July 4, Guangzhou Dongshan Lake Park, children are frolicking in the man-made fountain. That day, Guangzhou’s heat wave scorched the city, with the highest temperatures reaching 36℃. Yu Lian/CFP

Misting systems to combat the heat at the Shanghai World Expo.

World Expo grounds spray mist to lower temperatures

2010 July 1, Shanghai weather bureau issued a high temperature alert, with World Expo organizers already adding tents on the grounds, umbrellas, electric fans, and misting systems, preparing to distribute small fans to tourists when the temperatures reach 35℃ and higher, while at the same time recommending visitors to pay attention to possible heatstroke. Qi Yunfeng/Dongfang IC

Two ladies in Beijing hide from the hot sun.

Beijing pedestrians hide from the sun

2010 July 4, two Beijing female pedestrians are walking about in the heat. Beijing has experienced several consecutive days of high temperatures. On July 3 afternoon, Guguan weather bureau’s highest temperature reached 42.3℃ setting the highest temperature record so far this year. Yesterday afternoon at 4:15, the city’s weather bureau issued the first yellow high temperature alert of the year, reminding city residents that the coming 3 days will continue to have temperatures exceeding 35℃. Wu Changqing/Dongfang IC

Two Chinese Muslim women laugh while sitting with their children in Hutong, or traditional alleyway of Beijing, China, Sunday, July 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Beijing city residents sit on the ground enjoying the shade

July 4, inside a Beijing hutong, the residents enjoy the cool while sitting on grass mats placed on the ground.

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  • damn

    now longer than before

  • RegnisTheGreat

    When will we see some hot Chinese woman go topless outside to cool down? Cause I’ll be there..

    • FYIADragoon

      When the hot Chinese women in China are the poor Chinese women, instead of only the rich ones.

      read: NEVER

  • Peteryang

    You don’t go into crowed pool because too many people fart and pee in it, save contagious disease.

    • RegnisTheGreat

      Think about it, life itself is an STI…

    • Anpanman

      Yes – the self defeating chinese mindset. In Japan, everyone respects each others’ cleanliness. In China, everyone imagines everyone else will shit or piss in the pool when no one is looking, so they try to do it first. I blame the education system.

  • GongBaoJiDing

    Off to Qingdao beach…

    • ash

      Which one dude? see you there with a sick pack of cold Tsingtaos.

      • GongBaoJiDing

        Silver Beach Qingdao Kaifaqu. Not so crowded and water is clean. Come over and bring beer. I have a BBQ.

        • ash

          Sod that – too far, have to take the ferry as the roads closed still!

          Try Yangkou or Liu Qing He!

  • It IS hot as BALLS in Beijing…

  • The-last-emperor

    I have a cool industrial air-conditioning system in my 35-square meter apartment, girls, let’s refresh our minds and play mazhong/

  • roninstevie

    Caution! Picture 11 and 12 are reason enough to be harmonized in the land of the free. ;-)

    • H.Q.

      Its not just irony, it is the fact!

  • H.Q.

    Crowded people everywhere!
    The water looks really disgusting..
    No wonder why its dark yellow all the time.

  • RegnisTheGreat

    At least no fat woman in the beach in China. Here in Australia you get land whales.


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    • Walter

      At least they have breasts…

    • bando

      I hate the beach. Whales and dolphins have sex in it.

      • troy

        This is the funniest post yet…

  • strophy

    One thing I’ve noticed here is that the Chinese have no concept of setting the temperature on an aircon (it’s either OFF or MAXIMUM POWER) and they never switch it off when they leave the room. How to regulate the temperature? Just open a window. Energy crisis? Climate change? meh.

    • Bob

      I don’t know, I am Chinese, and the AC is only on when we are in the house. But you’re right, we don’t open the window when the temperature outside is 50 with humidity.

      If you want to piss on people for AC waste, then blame the public institutions here in Canada. There is a master switch with 2 options, heat or AC. during spring, the computer lab would be an oven prior to a certain date, then the AC would flip on, and everybody would be freezing.

    • Alan in China

      Knowing Chinese people to be, well, cheap. I can’t see this happening all that often. I’m Chinese before anyone accuses me of being racist. I’ve seen more than my fair share of white Americans doing the exact same thing. In the winter the temperature in the house is hot enough that everyone’s walking around in t-shirts and shorts and to cool the house down they open the front door so that cold air (snowing outside) can blow into the house.

    • acas7i11o

      The energy waste in China is not related to AC settings. It’s more like window insulation in the Southern part of the country and using inefficient heaters. That does not happen in the north where the heating is more effective.
      As far as the Chinese being wasteful in behavior, I think you are talking about the wrong people. The US is the country I have seen that wastes more energy by a long shot. Everybody using inefficient individual vehicles to travel between places instead of high-speed trains (Acela is neither fast or available everywhere), think of the gas-guzzlers SUVs and as far as heating and A/C goes, it’s exactly as Alan said, people using t-shirts inside in the middle of the winter and entire buildings cooling or heating everything.

  • I opted to crank up the AC and pour back 12 heavily iced Gin and Tonics…

  • Kning

    Ah yes. A seemingly innocent post becomes political at the mention of Taipei. This is modern China’s take on the Taiwan issue: include them in weather reports and other “news from various places in China”.

    Clever. Oh, and also pathetic.

    • bobiscool

      no, you just have a dirty mind, that’s all.

      and it wasnt that bad today in tianjin.

    • acas7i11o

      Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei are not exactly like the mainland but people travel back and forth a lot so it is highly relevant. They are actually the same Han people that are able to communicate in Mandarin. So only a delusional person like you would think of this as a way to “annex” Taiwan. Lol.

  • damn

    pic 4 looks talking about the backflip

  • rr

    don’t see any bikinis…wut’s going on? only fat ones lol

  • Alikese

    That picture of Hainan looks awesome.

    Now that I’m stuck in an office building (that has windows that don’t open) typing at a computer screen all day it makes me want to drop out and go teach English in Sanya for 6000Y a month. Who needs a job and security when there’s a beach, a beer and a hammock?

  • FoB

    been in the 100’s in the past 4 days here in philly

    • Anpanman

      Thanks for that. Can you post in centirade in future so people know what you mean, and also focus on a city in Asia so that it’s related to the post? Cheers mate.

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  • SHR

    What’s beating us is not the summer heat, but loneliness…